Waiting on Wednesday: Stormbringer by Shannon Delany

Stormbringer by Shannon DelanyPublication Date: January 14, 2014

Series: Weather Witch (#2)

Genre: YA, Steampunk

Synopsis: In the intrigue-filled follow up to Weather Witch, Jordan Astraea, once a young Philadelphia lady of good social standing, is now in the final stages of her brutal training to become a Conductor—the Weather Witch who serves as a living battery to keep the massive airliner Artemesia aloft. Meanwhile, Rowen, determined to rescue her after losing his only other true friend and being wanted for murder, has found himself forced aboard a much different air vessel, this one manned by a dangerous crew and carrying a cargo so treasonous, that, if finding its destination, will herald a storm of revolution for the still young United States.

With a spirit for adventure, romance, fantastic world building and cunning imagination, Shannon Delany delivers the sensational follow up to Weather Witch in the second book of the trilogy.

Why I'm Waiting

If you saw my review last week, you already know that I absolutely adored the first book in this series, Weather Witch. It was exciting and the characters were interesting and I loved the world-building sooooo much. The ending, however, was a bit of a cliffhanger, so I’m really anxious to get my hands on the sequel and find out what happens next.

Also, isn’t the cover just gorgeous? *flails*

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The Sunday Post #4

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Last Week on TNN

MondayReview of Weather Witch by Shannon Delany (5/5 hearts)

TuesdayTop Ten Books On My Winter TBR List

WednesdayWWW Wednesdays #3 (find out what I’m reading!)

ThursdayFlash Review of The Espressologist by Kristina Springer (3/5 hearts)

FridayReview of Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin (4/5 hearts)

SaturdayStacking the Shelves #7 (find out what books I’ve added to my shelves this week!)

This Week on TNN

Monday: ARC Review of A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish (4/5 hearts)

Tuesday: My Holiday To-Do List

Wednesday: Review of The Fault in Our Stars (4/5 hearts)

Waiting on Wednesday (Stormbringer)

Thursday: Thoughtful Thursday — Heroines I Love

Friday: Book Blitz of Ondine by Emma Raveling

Saturday: Stacking the Shelves #8

Bookish News

2014 Reading Retellings Challenge: I love retellings. Love. Them. So. Much. So I decided to start my own little reading challenge here at TNN for this coming year to read more retellings. There’s so many great ones out there that I haven’t read, such as Cinder by Marissa Meyer or Splintered by A. G. Howard, so 2014 is the year I’m going to dive into these wonderful reads and find out what I’ve been missing! If you’d like to join me, check out this post for more information.

Non-Bookish News

My New Electric Tea Kettle: For my birthday yesterday, my awesome madre bought me an electric tea kettle for my tea-drinking pleasure. I’m over the moon. (It makes ramen too, I mean what.)

Aroma Hot H20 X-Press 7-Cup Stainless Steel Electric Kettle

No More School: School is over! Winter break is here! Let the outrageous partying begin! (Nah, more like reading of books and drinking of tea alone in my bed. I’m hardcore like that.)

I’m No Longer Dying: So I was sick for over a week with the flu’s lesser-known twin, and after shots, steroids, and profuse bloodletting (jk you guys jk), I am finally in recovery. Of course, I still missed the entire last week of school, which was a bug to deal with, but I’ve just got to make up an exam and a presentation tomorrow, and I’m all finished.

Shop ‘Til I Drop: This week will be shopping, shopping, and more shopping. I have a shopping day with the wifey on Tuesday, accompanied by a night showing of “The Desolation of Smaug” (hell yes), and then most likely multiple outings to the bookstore because it’s there and I am not strong enough to withstand the seductive allure of books.

I hope you all have a fantastic, festive, felicitous week full of good books, good food, and good cheer. Happy Holidays!

Love, Sam

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish, with a new Top Ten prompt every week. Check it out!

Game of Thrones

1. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

I’ve started this like 3 times but never got around to finishing it. I’ve watched most of the first season, so I know the basic plot, but I did like what I read and I want to get to the end this time.

Peter Pan

2. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

I’ve had this book for years but never got around to reading it despite the fact that I adore all things Peter Pan.

Proxy

3. Proxy by Alex London

I’ve been wanting to read this for so long and I finally happened across it in my local used bookstore for like half the price it would’ve cost me for a new copy. Praise the literary gods.

Anyone But You

4. Anyone But You by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

I love retellings. Like, LOVE them. And anything involving food and/or Shakespeare is awesome, so this Romeo & Juliet foodporn is the stuff of the gods in my opinion.

Legend

5. Legend by Marie Lu

I’ve actually had this for almost two years (I bought it at Powell’s in Portland) but I never got around to reading it. With the release of Champion, I figure it’s as good a time as any to catch up.

Stormbringer

6. Stormbringer by Shannon Delany

If you saw my review yesterday of the first novel in this series, Weather Witch, you know that I am now obsessed. It’s Philadelphian steampunk awesomesauce, so when the sequel, Stormbringer, comes out on January 14, I will be first in line.

Henry VIII: The King and His Court

7. Henry VIII: The King and His Court by Alison Weir

I checked this out of the library months ago, so I really need to get past the first 50 pages. Alison Weir is awesome, so I’m looking forward to it even if Henry was a jackass.

Moll Flanders

8. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

This is part of my senior project and I’m pretty pumped to read about 17th century prostitutes. It’s not your everyday book.

The Maze Runner

9. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I’m so late for this, but the movie is coming out soon (starring my spirit animal, Dylan O’Brien) so I’m going to try to at least read this one and maybe the sequel if I can.

The Book Thief

10. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

I got maybe 100 pages into this before I put it down and forgot about it. I loved what I read but I think because it was a school assignment I couldn’t enjoy it like I wanted to. But with the movie on the way and a new year looming, I want to see what everyone has been raving about.

Review: Weather Witch by Shannon Delany

Weather Witch

How did I get it? Local used bookstore

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Steampunk

Summary: In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party–but certainly not the one she gets!

Jordan Astraea, who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and all the extravagance they might muster. The young man who is most often her dashing companion, Rowen Burchette, has told her a surprise awaits her and her best friend, Catrina Hollindale, wouldn’t miss this night for all the world!

But storm clouds are gathering and threatening to do far more than dampen her party plans because someone in the Astraea household has committed the greatest of social sins by Harboring a Weather Witch.

My Thoughts

Okay, let me just get this out first: I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH OMFG ASDFJKLDS.

Ahem. I’m done. (Not really.)

I don’t really read much steampunk, mostly just because the stars align that way when I’m book-shopping. But I saw this one in my local bookstore and had a love-at-first-sight moment because a) the cover is really freaking cool, b) witches are awesome, and c) weather witches? Hell yes. So I took this baby home and then read it on a flight to Philadelphia, which is funny since the book is set in Philadelphia, and fell in love. The flight back was spent crying and spending every last minute of my layover researching the sequel, Stormbringer, which comes out on January 14. (Eep!)

But on to the actual story. Weather Witch was intriguing from the first sentence, and although I could tell certain people were bad news from the start and I had a general notion of where things were headed, the author’s writing and her ability to make me feel the emotions of her characters really drew me in and held my interest throughout the book. Shannon Delany is a strong storyteller, and the way she crafted this strange version of 1840s Philadelphia was fascinating. Jordan, with her strong will and determination to survive, was easy to love and sympathize with, and by the second chapter I was rooting for her all the way. Rowen, who’s perhaps my favorite character, was wonderfully refreshing as a male lead. He’s not the strongest, or the bravest, or the most attractive, but he knows who he is and who he wants to be. He obviously cares for Jordan, and despite his own fears will do whatever he must to protect those he loves, which I adored.

Even when there wasn’t a huge amount of action going on, it still felt exciting and suspenseful, and I was on the edge of my seat until the very end (the same end which tore me apart, no joke, that was not okay, Shannon). Every character tugged at my heart at some point, and I cried a bit at some point, which I don’t do often despite what you may think from previous reviews. I felt so close to the story and the characters, to the point that when I finally finished it, it took me a minute to sort out my surroundings, which is a true sign of a good book.

Rating:

Five Stars

Recommend it?

Duh.

Purchase it:

Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository

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